BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences Induction 2017

Please refer back to this page during your Induction week in case of last minute changes.

It is a good idea to:

  •   read before you arrive
  •   follow any links and check instructions
  •   bring with you any documents, etc where these are specified

Some documents may need to be returned to the University before you arrive.

As a new student you are required to upload a photograph of yourself using the e@applicant page: https://eservices.plymouth.ac.uk/app/  following the online instructions. 

The photo is required for your University card which will be issued to new students during welcome week. Failure to provide a photo will delay the production of your University card.  This is not required if you already have a University card i.e. because you were previously a student on another course or at a partner college.

Your University card will remain valid for the duration of your studies at Plymouth University and will be invalid once your programme has completed.  Please check:  https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/new-students/induction/online-enrolment-guidance-notes

Essential Information for International Students

Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd September daily between 16.30 – 17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

Delivered by the International Student Advice team, this session is aimed at new international students who did not attend the International Student Orientation programme. The team will advise you of the support services they provide and answer any questions you may have related to your tier 4 visa responsibilities.

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Tuesday 19th September 2017

0900 – 0915 Deans Welcome - Sherwell 1 Lower Lecture Theatre 

Welcome to the Faculty of Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry by Professor Robert Sneyd, Dean

0915 – 0930 Head of School Welcome - Sherwell 1 Lower Lecture Theatre

Welcome to all students enrolled within the School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences by Dr Craig Donaldson

0930 – 1000 Student Support and Faculty Office Administration - Sherwell 1 Lower Lecture Theatre

Overview of support services available for all students of Plymouth University and an introduction to the Portland Square Faculty Office by Emma Spiers, Natalie Shute and Pam Frost.

How we communicate with you; contact details; opening hours; reporting absences; extenuating circumstances; travel information and University Health and Safety.

1000 – 1200 Introduction to your Degree Course with Andrew Foey – Room 205, Fitzroy Building
(Between 10am and 11am stage 1 Psychology students will join this session)

This meeting is a very important one. It is your first formal contact with the staff most involved with your degree course, and your fellow students. The session will be led by your Subject Tutor, who will introduce you to the school, the structure of degrees at Plymouth, brief details of what topics you might cover during your time here, and so on. You will also be told what we expect of you. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. During this meeting you will be allocated to a personal Tutor.

1200 – 1230 Introduction to Student Union – Sherwell 1 Lower Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Building

A representative of the Student’s Union will outline all the extra-curricular activities you can enjoy, including sports clubs and societies, volunteering, and how the Union is the hub of social life whilst studying. They provide your student support and representation.

1400 – 1730 Laboratory Skills workshop with Sarah Jamieson, Andrew Atfield, Sarah Peak – Rooms 509 and Labplus Davy Building

Surname A – K 1400 – 1530
Surname L - Z 1600 – 1730

This session provides you with an opportunity to test your command of basic laboratory skills (e.g. observation, handling measurement and analysis skills). Join up with 5 other students and try to win a prize (presented to the best groups).

Wednesday 20th September 2017

0900 – 1000 – Introduction to the Library with Sam Brown – Sherwell Lower Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Building

A presentation from your subject librarian introducing you to the facilities and services of the University library.

1000 - 1100 - Student ID Card Collection – Room C203 IT suite, Portland Square Building

Please collect your Student ID card from the School Faculty Office team who will be in the IT suite. Please ensure you have uploaded your photo online as this will delay in the collection of your card.

1100 – 1300 Workshop on Microscopes with Stephen Thompson, David Price and Andy Foey – Room 209, Davy Building

*Groups will be allocated during your introductory session on Tuesday morning

By the end of this 2-hour laboratory session you should be able to use microscopes effectively. This is essential background for some of the practical work you will carry out later in the year.

Thursday 21st September 2017

1030 – 1100 E Books with Sam Brown and Kortext – Robbins Lecture Theatre


1200 – 1300 Safety with Phil Warburton and Paul Waines – Sherwell 1 Lower Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Building

1300 – 1400 Professionalism with Pollyanna Magne - Lecture Theatre, Robbins Building

1500 – 1530 The Plymouth Award with Karen Turvey and Kris Jeremy – Lecture Theatre, Robbins Building

1600 – 1700 Introduction to IT Services and Student Portal with Simon Fox – Sherwell Lower Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Building

1845 Meet outside Students Union to be escorted to Plymouth Hoe

1915 – 2145 Faculty Welcome Party – Graduation Marquees, Plymouth Hoe

The Welcome Party is your opportunity to meet informally with other students new to the Faculty, as well as some current students and your academic and professional services staff.

The evening includes a welcome drink and nibbles, entertainment and a raffle for all attendees.

Friday 22nd September 2017

1100 – 1430 Introduction to the School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences – Lecture Theatre, Robbins Building

Find out about the teaching and research activities going on in our School. A chance to meet the staff who will be teaching you and chat to some current students over refreshments.

1100 – 1200 Admissions with Debbie Couch – Seminar Room 3, Robbins Building

Information about transferring to the Medicine and Dental programmes

1430 – 1530 Quiz with Simon Fox and Andy Foey - Lecture Theatre, Robbins Building

This is your chance to show us what you know, during a 50 question multiple choice quiz. Needless to say, there will be a prize for the winner. The quiz also provides an opportunity to get to grips with the “Optical Mark Reader”, a device which is often used for assessment in Stage 1 and which needs special care on your part. Bring your registration number to this session.



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